The winner of the McPherson Arbor Day Poster Contest was recently selected by the McPherson Tree Board, City Forester Kody Kraemer and Public Lands and Facilities Director Wayne Burns.
Ava Brunsell, Lincoln Elementary School fifth grade student, was selected as the winning artist for her poster of a girl on a tire swing hugging a tree. Ava is the daughter of Scott and Alison Brunsell and Jill Brunsell. Her teacher is Jill Hultberg.
Ava’s winning poster will go on to compete in the South Central District competition. The Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest is administered by the Kansas Forest Service.
The theme was “Trees are Terrific … in Kansas Cities and Towns!”
Special Arbor Day activities are being planned to recognize the McPherson contest winner, including planting of a tree and recognition at a McPherson City Commission meeting. McPherson has been a Tree City, USA since 1978.
Arbor Day is April 24, 2015. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1872 when pioneer and Nebraska newspaper publisher J. Sterling Morton proposed the idea to the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture. Prizes were offered to the communities that properly planted the most trees on Arbor Day. An estimated one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day. It was made a legal holiday in Nebraska in 1885 and students and schools have played an important role in Arbor Day festivities ever since.